After 20 international Vogue covers, we’re no longer surprised to hear that Gigi Hadid has once again booked a front spot with the acclaimed fashion magazine. But this time it’s personal—and historic. The half-Palestinian supermodel just became the cover star for the inaugural print edition of Vogue Arabia, which launched online last fall. Wearing an embellished headscarf, Gigi seemed an obvious choice for the magazine, which themed its first issue “Reorienting Perceptions” to bring attention to the style and cultural trends in the Middle East.
Upon revealing the cover, editor-in-chief Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz revealed in a statement her decision to cast the 21-year-old model. “The collage of countries across the Arab world are long-deserving of a place in fashion history, and there’s no better first ‘face’ to lead the charge for Vogue Arabia than Gigi—a model who defines tomorrow’s entrepreneurial and dynamic generation,” she said. We agree that it’s a powerful statement for the first cover, and we look forward to seeing the magazine introduce new faces in future editions.